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Chronically Ill And Facing Eviction During A Pandemic

5e7d1abeb18a9b000a3f55ba-eight.jpgPresley Wilson and her four-year-old son, Raiden, outside of her mobile home in Pomona’s California Trailer Grove. (Presley Wilson)

Presley Wilson is a single mom of a four year-old, who lives in a travel trailer in Pomona. “It’s 26 feet, and with two people and two dogs. And so it’s packed,” she told me by phone earlier this week.

Wilson drives for Lyft as her main source of income. Her bank account rises and falls with her ability to drive — something she said she lost when the coronavirus arrived in California.

That’s because Wilson is chronically ill, with two syndromes affecting her blood circulation. They can also exacerbate other illnesses:“It’s dangerous for me to get sick because I get super, super sick,” she said.

She stopped driving in February, worried that picking up passengers at LAX might expose her to COVID-19.

No income meant she didn’t have rent for March. And so, on March 17, the “three day notice to pay rent or quit” arrived at Wilson’s door. It detailed the hole Wilson found herself in — she owned $625 in rent for this month, along with another $132.47 in electricity, water, sewer and trash bills.

Management at her trailer park — it’s called California Trailer Grove, although it’s mostly treeless — also slipped her a letter saying she owed a $50 late fee.

5e7d1961d474fb0008bed7d0-eight.jpgWilson’s three day notice to pay or quit.

“It’s pretty damn scary, especially when you have a kid,” Wilson said.

Normally, she’d get help from a county program called Emergency Assistance to Prevent Eviction, which helps families on CalWORKs pay rent and utilities.

But the Department of Public Social Services had closed its offices the day before, and Wilson said she wasn’t able to reach anyone there.

And so she found herself self-isolating in her trailer, facing eviction during a pandemic, as a chronically ill person.

“At this point, I’m just waiting on the federal government and hoping,” Wilson said. “I mean, there’s millions of us in this state alone that are not going to be able to pay our rent.”

She said she was hoping to avoid homelessness; her next destination would be her car.

A CONFUSING SITUATION

The plight of renters like Wilson has been on the mind of policymakers across California and the nation as the coronavirus pandemic has taken hold. With the economy grinding to a halt, unemployment claims are surging, and many tenants will not have the money to make rent on April 1.

Several measures could give renters a temporary break — but the fast-changing environment is also causing confusion.

On March 16, Governor Gavin Newsom issued an order that authorized local governments to halt evictions. But the order simply allowed cities and counties to impose eviction moratoriums, and didn’t itself stop evictions anywhere.

Before the governor’s action, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti had issued an eviction moratorium in the city of L.A. for residential tenants “able to show an inability to pay rent due to circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic.” That meant that some other types of evictions, including for breaking the terms of a lease, could continue. Garcetti later followed up with moratoriums on commercial and Ellis Act evictions.

Some smaller jurisdictions, including the cities of Inglewood, Palm Springs, and El Monte, have imposed their own eviction-halting measures. And many others, including Presley Wilson’s home city of Pomona, have no moratorium.

Then there’s the court system.

In many places, eviction cases aren’t moving forward because courts are closed. That includes the Los Angeles Superior Court, where presiding judge Kevin C. Brazile suspended all civil, criminal and unlawful detainer trials until June 22, due to the pandemic.

5e71648db555c5000abe3fe4-eight.jpgThe California Trailer Grove trailer park in Pomona. (Aaron Mendelson/LAist)

“Everything is getting continued, which is kind of a silver lining to this,” said Javier Beltran of the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, which represents low-income tenants. Beltran told me he still worries about “informal evictions” that don’t go through the court process.

He added that tenants who lose work in the informal economy — like street vendors, or workers paid under the table — will have a hard time proving their incomes were impacted by COVID-19.

At the same time, the coming weeks and months will put incredible pressure on landlords, said Daniel Yukelson of the Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles. The court closures, in particular, shift the balance of power.

“It creates basically open hunting season on landlords, you know, from tenants who just don’t want to pay their rent. There’s no leverage,” Yukelson said.

His group is telling members to work with their tenants, and even consider deferring rent. “We are stressing that owners be patient, and that they keep an open line of communication with renters,” he said, adding that renters and property owners will both need government assistance in the coming months.

If a renter doesn’t pay for 90 days, Yukelson said, “for a small owner, that could be devastating. They could easily and quickly be in default on their mortgage.”

The statewide picture could become clearer — if a bill introduced by San Francisco assemblymember Phil Ting becomes law. The measure seeks to create a statewide eviction moratorium. But it won’t be as simple as a vote: State legislators are currently on an unprecedented recess due to COVID-19.

On Wednesday, Governor Gavin Newsom also said his office was considering additional action on an eviction moratorium.

EVICTIONS DURING A CRISIS

Presley Wilson’s mobile home park is owned by entities connected to mega-landlords PAMA Management and Mike Nijjar, subjects of a KPCC/LAist investigation. Their real estate empire spans an estimated 16,000 units and over $1.3 billion in real estate across California.

Businesses connected to PAMA and Nijjar are known for fast and frequent evictions: KPCC/LAist tallied more than 4,300 eviction lockouts in Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties between 2010 and 2018.

5e7d195dd474fb0008bed7cc-eight.jpgA late fee notice from the California Trailer Grove in March, 2020. The park is owned by an entity connected to Mike Nijjar and PAMA Management.

Mike Nijjar, Mobile Management Services, and PAMA Management’s attorneys, did not respond to a request for comment for this story.

PAMA’s eviction process is systematized: management handbooks reviewed by KPCC/LAist included an eviction calendar, showing when to file, and an eviction flowchart, laying out the process.

In 2012, PAMA used several law firms to file for approximately 140 evictions per month, former PAMA executive Everet Miller testified during one of many lawsuits the company has faced.

PAMA is aware of how high the stakes are for renters facing eviction.

“Many of our tenants live literally paycheck to paycheck; it doesn’t take much to push them over the edge,” Miller testified in 2011. Still, he said, “We can’t be aggressive and send out Guido with a baseball bat and break their kneecaps. The system is the system.”

In the wake of the previous recession, evictions jumped — not just at properties connected to PAMA, but all around Southern California. KPCC/LAist reviewed data on eviction lockouts, the very final step of the eviction process. In Los Angeles County, there have been more than 153,000 eviction lockouts since 2010, a period that covers the recovery from the Great Recession.

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The late fee Presley Wilson faces is also a common practice at properties managed by or connected to PAMA. For tenants living at the bottom rung of the socioeconomic ladder, such fees can be crippling. “Fifty dollars is make or break in terms of feeding their family,” Grant Riley, a plaintiff’s attorney who has sued PAMA, said.

Across PAMA’s estimated 16,000 units, late fees could add up to more than a million dollars per year.

Health and safety issues are also common at PAMA properties. The California Trailer Grove experienced a typhus outbreak in 2015, the first outbreak of the medieval disease in L.A. County in six years.

Since the outbreak, the state regulators twice suspended PAMA Management’s permit to operate the Pomona park, citing electrical hazards and sewage leaks.

GEARING UP FOR APRIL

On the phone in her mobile home, Presley Wilson was relieved when I told her that courts aren’t currently moving forward on eviction cases.

“I definitely can breathe a little easier,” she said.

On the 23rd, Wilson received a letter from her management company. “We understand some of you may experience financial challenges due to the impact of COVID-19,” it reads. The letter said that tenants who couldn’t pay rent due to the virus might be granted relief, though it does not go into detail.

Wilsomn planned to write the company about rent relief; she wasn’t holding out hope.

After I initially talked to Wilson, I contacted L.A. County’s Department of Public Social Services to ask about her situation with Emergency Assistance to Prevent Eviction. Wilson said she received a call from a social worker later that day. She now hopes to receive support to help pay her March rent.

But even if that happens, April 1st is right around the corner. And Wilson said that in just a few days, many of her neighbors will be in trouble.

“None of us are going to be able to come up with that money by then. I know, definitely, I won’t be able to,” Wilson said. “No way.”

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The Good, the Bad, and the Very Fucking Ugly of that Proposed Trillion-Dollar Covid-19 Stimulus Package

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So, you’ve probably heard that the Senate is poised to pass a $2.2 trillion stimulus package, to offset the economic fuckery caused by covid-19 (and the United States’ garbage response). But what exactly is in the bill? Who sees the benefits and who gets fucked? Well, it’s… a mixed bag.

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Of Course Texas is the Latest State Trying to Stop Abortions During the Coronavirus Crisis

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Republicans in states around the country are doing their best to use the growing coronavirus epidemic in order to push through their rightwing, anti-abortion agendas. The latest—on Sunday night, Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order to “postpone all surgeries and procedures that are not immediately…

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Trump Nixes The DPA

Recently there has been news about the Defense Production Act and its use to fill the void of much needed medical supplies……I helped my readers get on the right page……https://lobotero.com/2020/03/21/what-is-the-defense-protection-act/

Personally, it is a great idea…..gear up the production for much needed supplies….but it appears the the president does not want that to happen…..

President Trump on Sunday rejected calls from governors, hospitals and others to direct companies to ramp up production of critical supplies for the coronavirus fight through the use of the Defense Production Act.

Trump argued that he has used the Defense Production Act (DPA) as leverage in negotiations with companies to get them to produce supplies and equipment for the coronavirus fight.

He also argued against nationalizing industries, though that is not something that would be done through the use of the DPA.

https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/488938-trump-rejects-calls-to-directly-use-defense-production-act

The news is dire from Italy where about 1400 people died over the weekend and there are predictions that the US is about 10 days behind where Italy is…..and yet the president is still trying to look business and takes victory laps for nothing in particular.

To me Trump looks as out of touch as anyone can be……he still seems to believe that all will return to “normal” in due time.

In this time of dire need……the country needs leadership not some kick the can down the road bullshit…….

President Trump says the US will reevaluate its coronavirus strategy at the end of the month to determine “which way we want to go.” In an all-caps tweet, he wrote: “We cannot let the cure be worse than the problem itself,” without elaborating, reports Reuters. It could be a nod to the sentiment expressed late last week by the conservative editorial board of the Wall Street Journal. The board argued that while an initial shutdown of about two weeks is wise and necessary, a longer break would be catastrophic for US businesses and their employees. “That should be the moment, if not sooner, to offer new guidance on what might be called phase two of the coronavirus pandemic campaign,” the editors wrote.

The 15-day period Trump is referencing began March 16 when he outlined a series of proposals to help stem the spread of the virus. Since then, states have taken initiatives of their own, and now more than 1 in 3 Americans are under stay-at-home orders, reports US News & World Report. That includes those in the states of New York, California, Illinois, Connecticut, New Jersey, Ohio, Louisiana, and Delaware, as well as in the city of Philadelphia. “At the end of the 15-day period, we will make a decision as to which way we want to go!” wrote Trump.

States are showing leadership…..but we need unity and a national leadership….that is what we elected this person to do and he is FAILING on every level.

How many Americans can die in that 15 day period?

Confidence is sinking…..for me it has sunk……

Please…..Stay calm……avoid crowds…..wash hands often…..us bloggers will pass on all info as it comes available….

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When Dick Pound Says the Olympics Are Postponed, He Definitely Means Business

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Dick Pound, a veteran member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), has decreed that the 2020 Olympics will be postponed in response to the covid-19 pandemic, according to a report by USA Today. “The parameters going forward have not been determined,” he said, “but the Games are not going to start on July 24,…

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Exhibition Highlight | ABOUT US. Young Photography from China

Chen, Ronghui,  Freezing Land 30,  2016-2018, Archival inkjet printImage | Courtesy of the artist and Three Shadows +3 Gallery. Collection Alexander Tutsek-Stiftung

Chen, Ronghui, Freezing Land 30, 2016-2018, Archival inkjet printImage | Courtesy of the artist and Three Shadows +3 Gallery. Collection Alexander Tutsek-Stiftung

What does photography tell us about the life experiences of the individual faced with a radical transformation of society? What visual languages does a generation of younger artists in China invent in its search for self-understanding?

A selection of seventy photographs by fourteen Chinese artists is presented in this exhibition — all works that Dr. Eva-Maria Fahrner-Tutsek has acquired for the foundation on her numerous trips to China. After Robert Rauschenberg’s great series in the last exhibition, Study for Chinese Summerhall of 1983, with its Western look at China, these photographs offer inside views of the artists living in that country. Their themes revolve around self-perception, subjective experiences, and everyday ways of living. They range from documentation of the explosive social change by way of critical perception of the new living conditions in the metropolises and in the countryside to attentiveness to its vanishing cultural heritage. Whether in quiet, black-and-white aesthetic suggestive of documentaries or as a dramatic presentation in color, they all tell of the artists’ own experiences: About Us. With themes such as memory and history, melancholy and resistance, dream and vision, body and individuality, they concern the search for one’s own identity. They are mirrors of ideas and fears, of isolation and lust for life, of curiosity and depression, of coolness and confusion of their authors.

Chen Wei,  Dance Hall (Blueness),  2013, Archival inkjet printImage | Courtesy of the artist and Blindspot Gallery. Collection Alexander Tutsek-Stiftung

Chen Wei, Dance Hall (Blueness), 2013, Archival inkjet printImage | Courtesy of the artist and Blindspot Gallery. Collection Alexander Tutsek-Stiftung

Yang, Fudong,  International Hotel No. 11,  2010, Inkjet printImage | Courtesy of the artist and Blindspot Gallery. Collection Alexander Tutsek-Stiftung

Yang, Fudong, International Hotel No. 11, 2010, Inkjet printImage | Courtesy of the artist and Blindspot Gallery. Collection Alexander Tutsek-Stiftung

A new generation of artists completely transformed their artistic production in the 1980s and 1990s after the Cultural Revolution in China ended. After Socialist Realism, ideology and propaganda, they developed new concepts and visual languages and a wealth of styles and techniques. The concept “experimental photography” attempts to sum up the complex and yet very different experimental and conceptual works produced from the 1990s to the present. Their diversity is also reflected in the selection of artists represented in the exhibition, several of whom are internationally renowned, while others are largely unknown outside of China.

This exhibition is intended as a contribution to the discourse on contemporary photography in China, a country that is increasingly a decisive political and economic power internationally, though its visual worlds are little known in the medium of photography in the Western world. These photographs, where their autobiographical narratives, subjective worlds of ideas, alternative models and visions offer insight into the individual complex emotional and experiential worlds of a generation of young artists who use photograph as their medium in diverse ways in their search for identity in the turbulences of a changing society.

Exhibited artists: Adou . Birdhead . Cai Dongdong . Chen Ronghui . Chen Wei . Gao Mingxi . Jiang Pengyi . Liang Xiu . Ren Hang . RongRong . RongRong & Inri . Wang Ningde . Yang Fudong . Zhang Xiao


More information:
About Us. Young Photography from China
27 March 2020 to 30 October 2020
Alexander Tutsek-Stiftung, Karl-Theodor-Straße 27, 80803 Munich (Germany)
www.atutsek-stiftung.de

LET’S NOT USE THE COVID-19 CRISIS TO FUEL THE CLIMATE CRISIS

Well, one good thing about sheltering at home and everything being closed: I can do more social media, including blogs. I’m sitting at home trying to imagine what its like for gig economy workers, for all those who’ve been laid off and don’t know how they’ll make ends meet. Then I read about the enormous bail outs the Trump administration is trying to get passed—billions to the multi-billion dollar airlines industry. $3 billion for the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. One existential crisis must not be used to fuel another! The companies that are poisoning the planet and its people and climate shouldn’t receive a penny! The Democrats are fighting mightily to stop the corporate bailouts, calling for things like immediate cash transfers of $2000 to all adults and $1000 to every child every month till the crisis is over as well as more aid to small businesses and not to huge corporations who will recover more easily and money for medical necessities, protective gear for health workers, and so much more. Just as I am writing this, news came that the Democrats have managed to halt this egregious bill –for now. . . All the American citizens who read my blog, please call your senator tomorrow and tell them you demand the coronavirus package support 1.) the direct cash assistance I just mentioned, 2.) no unaccountable corporate bailouts, 3.) stronger economic supports for families,4.) no bail out of the fossil fuel industry at all, 5.) vote by mail and 6.) immediate assistance to the healthcare workers and hospitals.

Not all quid pro quos are impeachable. For instance, if the aviation industry wants a bailout, make them agree to lower their carbon footprint and support their laid off workers…or no money. I signed a letter saying just that which is going to the Senate but you can tell your Senator. They’ll listen if so many of us call their phone lines go down so call 1-877-969-2590.

On the lighter side, a group of my neighbors and I gathered around a fountain at the end of our street, standing 6 feet or more apart, and had ‘quarantinis’ while Frank Sinatra songs wafted out one of their windows. We’re making its weekly routine. It helped.

Everyone seems to have a different reaction to the crisis and how it’s changed our lives. I can’t imagine how hard it is for professional women who work from home and now have several kids to deal with, homeschool, entertain. I wonder hopefully if the guys ho are also sequestered will start going some of that child care work themselves. I read that one husband who now is homeschooling said that after a few days, he thought teachers should earn CEO salaries. YES! Or think of the women with abusive husbands in ‘shelter at home’ situations. Some folks are going stir crazy. Some are in deep panic. I am in panic but it’s about the climate crisis which will be far more devastating but people find it hard to react to things that aren’t right there in front of them like COVID 19 is right now. Of course the climate crisis is ‘right there’ for a whole lot of people in the world.

My very smart daughter, Vanessa, says this: “The deforestation we cause in the name of cattle feed and grazing also lets loose a whole world of issues, namely exposure to viruses and other pathogens that normally would remain in the animal world. All the great pandemics, from AIDS to Ebola and SARS started in animals. Diseases that have been contained in the natural, wild areas of Earth are now let loose upon the human species who of course have no resistance or immunity. That’s just a land-use health impact: in terms of pandemics, the melting of permafrost caused by climate warming also releases plethora of pathogens that have not seen the light of day in millennia. People who don’t think climate is an issue might think differently next time there is a global flu pandemic.”

She’s right. over population, poverty and food insecurity, make people venture into forests and kill things like monkeys and bats and bring them to what are called ‘wet markets’ where people and other food are exposed to these disease-bearing animals. It’s not the animals fault. Lyme disease became a real problem in certain parts of this country when woods were cut down for development, weather got warmer and tick-bearing deer and other animals came into more frequent contact with humans. These things are interrelated

So let’s use this virus crisis as a teachable moment and find ways to fight against the lobbyists and politicians who stand up for corporations and the already rich instead of working people, families, nurses, small businesses and the climate. We need a strong Federal government that work for the people and that is prepared for crisis.

Till next time, stay safe, stay healthy and stay strong. Use this time productively. ❤


 

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Break the chain

For The Spinoff, Toby Morris illustrates how individuals can break a chain of events:

The good news is, we can do things that will reduce the chances of us spreading the virus. That means we can break these chains and potentially stop hundreds or even thousands of people getting Covid-19. Check out The Spinoff cartoonist Toby Morris’ excellent illustration to understand how individual discipline can have an outsize impact.

Of course infection between people in a community is more complex. Just because one chain is broken doesn’t mean people further down won’t be infected by others in some other way. The goal though is to break as many chains as possible.

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Dr. Fauci Is Doing a Good Job So It’s Only a Matter of Time Before Trump Fires Him

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Dr. Anthony Fauci, the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has emerged as a lone voice of reason during President Trump’s daily covid-19 press briefings. He’s the one person Americans have been able to rely on to separate fact from administration-ordained fiction, and that’s…

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Fact-Check: 5 Times President Trump’s Statements On Coronavirus Were Off The Mark

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By Brian Naylor | NPR

President Trump has made a lot of promises about actions that his administration is taking to fight the coronavirus pandemic.

Not all of them have been exactly on the mark — and some have yet to pay off as advertised.

NAVAL HOSPITAL SHIPS

The president announced on Wednesday that the Navy would dispatch its two hospital ships, the USNS Comfort and the USNS Mercy, to help treat patients and free up land-based hospitals for coronavirus patients.

“So those two ships are being prepared to go, and they can be launched over the next week or so,” Trump said, calling the ships in “tip-top shape.”

Well, not so much.

The Navy said that the Comfort was actually undergoing repairs in Norfolk, Va., and it would be weeks before it would be ready to sail to New York. And the Mercy, based in San Diego, would take several days before it was staffed with doctors and nurses and be ready for deployment somewhere on the West Coast.

Although the deployments may still go ahead, the ships likely won’t sail right away.

[Note: In his Sunday news briefing, Trump again said the Mercy and an East Coast-based ship would be heading to L.A. to “to add emergencies surge medical capacity.” A FEMA official at the Sunday briefing said Mercy could be in place in a week or less.]


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FDA DRUG APPROVAL

On Thursday, Trump touted that the Food and Drug Administration had “approved” use of an anti-malaria drug called chloroquine to treat patients afflicted with the coronavirus.

The president sounded excited.

“We’re going to be able to make that drug available almost immediately,” Trump said, calling it “a tremendous breakthrough” and a potential “game-changer.”

But FDA commissioner Stephen Hahn tried to tamp down Trump’s enthusiasm, saying that “a large, pragmatic clinical trial” would be needed first to determine the drug’s usefulness before making it available to coronavirus patients.

Hahn said he couldn’t “speculate about a timeline” for the drug’s availability.

Trump’s enthusiasm for hydroxychloroquine spilled into another press conference on Friday, when he again described it as a potential wonder drug.

And again, a public health official — this time, Dr. Anthony Fauci, a top immunologist on the White House’s response team — tried to rein in the optimism by echoing the need for clinical proof that it would make a difference.

On Thursday, Trump said another drug, Remdesivir, had “also been approved, or very close to approved” by the FDA for treating patients coronavirus. In fact, that drug is undergoing a clinical trial and is months away from being ready for use.

THE WEBSITE

Last Friday, Trump said at a Rose Garden news conference that Google has 1,700 engineers developing a new website that would help Americans determine whether they should seek testing for the coronavirus.

The president sought to cast his own project as a triumph compared with the initial failure of President Barack Obama to roll out a website as part of the changes to the health care market enacted in 2009.

“Google is helping to develop a website,” Trump said. “It’s going to be very quickly done — unlike websites of the past — to determine whether a test is warranted and to facilitate testing at a nearby convenient location.”

Within hours, Google attempted to clarify the president’s comments. It said an affiliated company, Verily, was working on the project but on a limited scale only for people in the San Francisco area.

“Verily is in the early stages of development,” Google said, “and planning to roll testing out in the Bay Area, with the hope of expanding more broadly over time.”

The website is now functional in “select counties in the Bay area.”

MEDICAL SUPPLIES

On Wednesday, Trump met with a group of nurses at the White House, telling them that the administration had arranged for a major new supply of the type of respirator in high demand during the pandemic.

“We’ve ordered 500 million N95 masks to drive private production,” Trump said. He also said that construction companies were being asked to donate unused masks. The next day at a briefing, Vice President Pence stated: “We’ve vastly increased the supply of medical masks.”

But hospitals continue to report that they are running short of masks, as are pharmacists. Authorities are taking donations from unlikely sources, including financial institutions such as Goldman Sachs.

Loose-fitting surgical masks aren’t appropriate for dealing with the pandemic authorities say; the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a graphic detailing the important differences between a surgical mask and an N95 respirator.

Trump acknowledged the shortfall in supplies on Friday when he said he had invoked the Cold War-era Defense Production Act, which permits him to direct production of essential items.

“We are using it,” Trump said, “for certain things that we need,” citing ventilators and masks.

It still isn’t clear how much equipment is needed to respond to current and future patients in the pandemic beyond what’s in hand today and when or whether the demand will be met.

TESTING

One of the most frequent exaggerations coming from the administration is the availability of coronavirus tests.

When he visited the CDC in Atlanta earlier this month, Trump claimed that “They have the tests. And the tests are beautiful. Anybody that needs a test gets a test.”

Pence made a similar claim last week, saying that “a million tests are in the field” and that “by the end of this week, another 4 million tests will be distributed.”

Even so, anecdotal reports abound about Americans who feel sick struggling to be able to confirm a diagnosis with an actual test. Fauci acknowledged that there clearly is a gap between the supply and the demand.

At the same time, he echoed assurances by Trump and Pence that the situation is improving.

“I get the same calls that many of you get … for one reason or another they can’t get [tests],” Fauci said on Friday. “That is a reality that is happening now. Is it the same as it was a few weeks ago? Absolutely not.”

The anecdotal nature of the accounts means it’s difficult to assess what the spread might be between the testing capacity available now, or set to come onstream soon, and the pool of people who satisfy the administration’s guidelines to request one.

Trump and Pence say they don’t want every American — particularly those who are feeling well — to be tested. It still isn’t clear, however, how big the gap remains between requests for tests considered valid under Trump’s and Pence’s conditions — and the capacity to support them.

This article was originally published by NPR on Saturday, March 21. Copyright 2020 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.


SOME STRAIGHT TALK ABOUT COVID-19

We’re all living through this extraordinary and frightening pandemic. The vast majority of our newsroom has been working from home (here’s some advice on that) since March 11 to bring you calm, helpful reporting. We are answering your questions and taking more.

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